A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde said that the Delhi High Court has heard the matter and the petitioner can seek appropriate resolution. The bench also had Justice AS Bopanna and Justice V Ramasubramanian. The petition filed by ‘Confederation of All India Traders’ requested the Center to intervene in the matter and give directions for setting guidelines for big technology-based companies like WhatsApp, Facebook.
The petition filed through advocate Vivek Narayan Sharma said that due to alleged failure by the Center to perform constitutional duty and protect the privacy and freedom of expression of the citizens of India, it was necessary to file a PIL.
The petition claimed, ‘Defendant number one — the central government has allowed defendants numbers two to four to operate WhatsApp in India, but failed to play the role of guardian to protect the fundamental rights of citizens. WhatsApp, which provides dialogue service to the citizens, recently imposed unconstitutional terms which is not only a violation of law but it can also affect the security of the country. ‘